Wife and I have decided to buy a new/used car to replace/supplement my current daily commute car, an '02 Jetta TDI which just turned 310K. TDI is starting to rust, has been having a few mechanical issues of late, needs a new exhaust system, suspension rubbers are beginning to crack, shocks are original ... it's just beginning to show it's age. I originally wanted to buy another TDI, but when I started looking, that's when VW got into diesel trouble. We haven't looked at the Cruze diesel yet, but may take a test drive in the near future.
So we've been looking at hybrids, and I am tending toward a plug-in hybrid. I don't want a pure EV (electric vehicle) because of charge anxiety, too much planning and if you're out of juice, there are really limited options. And we can't take it on long trips, so it could only be a commute/around town car. So I want a good electric only range vehicle with a gas back-up/extended range set-up. A lot of so-called hybrids are more gas vehicles with an electric assist, they don't have much electric only range.
Chevy did a major change in their Volt in 2016 and here are the advantages I see:
Electric range is touted to be over 50+ miles on a full charge.
Gasoline generator/some mechanical assist gives 400+ mile range between fill-ups.
My work is 31 miles each way.
The president of my company offered to install a charge station at work if I get an electric vehicle. (Free charging while I work)
Chevy Volt is made in USA by a USA company.
IRS will give a $7,500 tax rebate for the Volt.
I really like diesels, but we're just considering a change to greener transportation. Maybe someday we can charge our cars using solar panels
Just looking for comments and opinions.